Breeding Variations

I have written a number of articles over the years regarding my views and mongrel bees, but have had a hard time with the visual aspects of the problem, but I think the photograph I have just found on Facebook might be useful to visually show the effects of careless selection. It’s very interesting when you look at the offspring of the other two dogs and how some features are reproduced! For example-look at the ears on the son in relation to the mother, and the short legs of the father transfered to the son.

3 Mongrel dogs showing variation
Mongrel dogs showing the mother, father, and offspring.

I think this really shows the variation when failing to breed from nonpure strains.
Now apply this to bees and instantly you can see why there is so much variation in breeding stock, and a total lack of predictability in the outcome.
So, I maintain we should be selecting our stock with considerably more care than we have in the last few years.

 

 

Just Plain Good for You

showing jars of clear honey.
Honey display

People do not need to shell out big bucks for beauty products, especially since some of the best beauty products can already be found on kitchen shelves.

For the facial wash, honey is actually a surprising alternative. “Honey is the oldest skin-care ingredient and has been used extensively for both medical and skin-care purposes,” Neil Sadick, MD, the founder of Sadick Dermatology in New York.

People who have skin issues will definitely benefit from a honey facial wash because it can help soothe skin ailments. “It has antibacterial properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and it nurtures the skin. Honey’s particularly suitable for sensitive skin,” said Sadick.

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New Web Site

Welcome to our brand new, revised website. We were forced into a complete re-write by Google’s insistence that all sites which take customers information have SSL certificates installed. This is noted by the HTTPs in the address bar.
This site has always had an SSL certificate installed but not made obvious.
That’s all over with now and we at the Bee Works hope you enjoy our efforts and will continue to find this site helpful, especially as we’ve managed to make it mobile friendly, another Google requisite. Should fit all cell phones and tablets.

Cape Breton bees

Health Canada will be phasing out a pesticide that sickens bees over the next couple of years.
Cape Breton bees are asleep for the winter, curled in barely-moving balls around their queens, keeping the winged royals warm so that when they wake in the spring they’ll be strong enough to start a new generation.

They may awaken to a friendlier environment.

Over the next three to five years, Health Canada is phasing out imidacloprid, a pesticide widely available to farmers and homeowners. A member of the neonicotinoid family, imidacloprid kills insects such as aphids on numerous crops, including soy, corn, and blueberries.

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Winter is finally here!

Winter has finally arrived. I can only hope you managed to wrap/winterize your hives before the cold really set in. Here are some comments you might find useful.

hives in deep snow
Hives in Snow

Approximately 4 years ago I was off work sick and failed to completely wrap one yard. It had 16 hives, all of which were readied for winter in the usual fashion, ie. 3 boxes, lots of stores, young queens etc, the only difference between them was that 8 were left unwrapped. Continue reading “Winter is finally here!”